Dec 252014
 

Chocolate Decadence Shake with a hidden bonus for fat loss

image001Did you know that you can freeze avocados???  Yup, scoop out the halves ( no pit, no skin) and place on a cookie sheet and then when frozen put them in a baggie…super simple and can be added to smoothies to make them creamy and delicious.

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Oct 232014
 

Lettuce Enjoy This Smoothie and the Amazing Benefits of Lettuce!

 

Looking for something other than chomping on a salad today??  Try this Smoothie for a change.

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Lettuce has been called “the perfect weight loss food” but it is so much more. With amazing healing benefits and calories comprised of 20 percent protein, it could be called “gorilla food” instead!

Should you put Romaine or Iceberg lettuce in your Smoothie??? You decide:

Romaine vs. Iceberg Lettuce

Romaine has:
Less sugars and sodium                  Twice the protein
Twice the calcium                            Three times the vitamin K
Four times the iron                          Eight times the vitamin C
Seventeen times the vitamin A

The general rule is: Choose red, green and dark colored foods over whites. Red and green leaf lettuce is more nutritional than iceberg.

 

A few health benefits:

1. Low Calorie Content and Weight Loss Superstar

Lettuce has only 12 calories for one shredded cup. Making it a weight loss superstar!
2. Improves your Digestion

Lettuce contains fiber and cellulose. Besides filling you up, fiber improves your digestion. Improving your digestion may not sound like a good thing for losing weight, but it is actually essential for long term weight control.

3. Omega-3 Fatty acids.

Romaine lettuce has a two to one ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. That’s a great ratio.
The fat content in lettuce is not significant UNLESS you eat a lot–but we actually suggest you do!

4. Complete Protein

Romaine lettuce’s calories are 20 percent protein. Like all whole foods, much of this protein is complete, but the amount can be increased by combining with balancing proteins.

5. Helps with Insomnia

The white fluid that you see when you break or cut lettuce leaves is called lactucarium.

This has relaxing and sleep inducing properties similar to opium but without the strong side effects. Simply eat a few leaves or drink some lettuce juice.

6. Lettuce is Great for Detoxing

The minerals in lettuce help remove toxins and keep your acid/alkaline balance in order. Once you are balanced on this level there are a host of benefits including greater energy, clearer thinking, deep restful sleep, and youthful skin.

7. Low Glycemic Index

Lettuce has an average glycemic index of 15, but because it has so few calories, its glycemic load is considered zero. Foods with low glycemic indexes are great for anyone watching their blood sugars for medical reasons, or for weight management.

8. Whole Life Food

Lettuce is almost always eaten raw, providing us with many micronutrients not found in cooked or processed food. Eating raw food also adds vital energies not recognized by nutritional science.

Large food corporations have not found a way to package lettuce long term or stick it in cans or boxes. Let’s hope they never do!

In fact, lettuce is one of the few foods which can be found organic and prewashed already in bins for you to eat immediately.

Ready for your Smoothie!!!!  Use organic ingredients and enjoy!

 

1 small head of romaine      ¾ cup blueberries    ½ cup mango                     ½ raspberries or cherries                1 cup water

OR

1 small head of romaine      ¾ cup blueberries    1 frozen banana                   1 tbsp vitamineral greens                1 cup water                5 ice cubes           1 tbsp flax seed

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Busy Mama Fall Program 2014 posterTanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades.  She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending.  You can get your PDF copy here

 

About lettuce source:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-powerful-advantages-of-eating-lettuce.html

 

Jun 162014
 

Raw Carrot Crackers

One of my clients brought me some of his homemade crackers and I was hooked!! They are delicious!! The next time he was making them, I tagged along so that I could make them for myself. These crackers are super easy to make and store well in a sealed glass container. Enjoy sprinkled over salads or with a dip such as hummus.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of carrots cut in chunks
  • ½ cups onion chopped in chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/8th cup olive oil
  • 1/8th cup tamari
  • 1 tsp each – curry, turmeric, cumin
  • 3/4cups soaked walnuts
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • ½ cup soaked almonds
  • ½ cup soaked sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds and ½ cup sunflower seeds

raw carrot crakers steps (1)

Figure 1 Process all the veggies until smooth – may have to do a couple of batches

Process all ingredients except ½ cup pumpkin seeds and ½ cup sunflower seeds. Depending on the size of your food processor you may have to process two lots and then mix by hand.  I process the carrots, onion, garlic, and celery, oil and tamari first, place in a bowl and then process the other ingredients except pumpkin and ½ cup sunflower seeds.

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Figure 2 Add the soaked nuts

sunfloer and pumpkin seeds on top in food processor last step

Figure 3 Add the seeds last and only mix for a short time to keep them chunky – adds a great texture

Mix everything together and then add the pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Place about half the mixture on one dehydrating tray with the liner and the other half on another lined tray (you may use three trays). Thickness should be about ½” in a square and then cut into squares.  This helps it to dry faster and also to have lovely square crackers.

carrot mixture ready to spread

Figure 4 Mixture ready to be spread on dehydrator trays

crackers in dehydrator ready for dehydrating

Figure 5 Crackers are on the top and at the same time I am dehydrating the soaked nuts and seeds that we add to our smoothies or the next round of crackers

carrot crackers on tray complete

Figure 6 Finished product!!! When applying the mixture to the dehydrator trays with the liners, spread the mixture out into a square about ½” thick and then cut into squares before drying

Dehydrate for 8-10 hours and then flip to screened tray and dehydrate for another 3-5 hours.  Make sure they are dried out completely. Crackers may be stored in an air tight container for up to a month. If you need to crisp up put back in dehydrator.

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What do you make in your dehydrator?  I’d love to hear how you enjoyed the crackers.

Enjoy the goodness of your food,

Tanya

Why eat Raw Foods?

Food that is heated to temperatures greater than 108 ○F, lose their enzymes in the process.  Enzyme depleted food can be very hard to digest and unfortunately gives very little energy to the body. Continued consumption of cooked and processed foods leaves our bodies drained of energy and vitality.

Live enzymes are essential to digestion. Enzymes are needed to break down the food we eat into a usable form for the body. Eating live raw foods leaves us feeling energetic and vibrant!

Raw foods are better quality; therefore you eat less to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion. As your percentage of raw foods increases you feel satisfied and have more energy on smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet your body’s needs.  This in turn will lower the amount of money you spend on food, vitamins, pots and pans, appliances, doctor bills, drugs, and health insurance.

Eating a diet of raw foods can reverse or stop the advance of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Remember, cooking creates free radicals, which are the major cause of cancer. When you lower the number of free radicals your cells are bombarded with, you lower your risk of cancer.

A raw food diet can protect you from acute diseases such as colds, flu, measles, etc. Raw foods maintain a healthy body and a healthy body will not become diseased.

 

Jun 022014
 

Raw Coconut Curry Sauce with Steamed Vegetables

Inspired from Jenny Ross – Raw Basics

 

Coconut Curry sauce with Brown Rice and Veg!

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (soaked for 30minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon raw coconut butter
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
  • 2 cups coconut water OR 2 cups coconut milk

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May 082014
 

banana-milkshakeIf you think bananas are just for monkeys…think again, check out 25 Powerful reasons to eat Bananas by Foodmatters and 10 more surprising benefits of Bananas by Health Ambition

Here are a few reasons to get you going…helps constipation, aids digestion, natural antacid, helps with bug bites and warts, natural mood lifter, helps with depression, protects against leg cramps and 16 more powerful reasons to consume bananas!

And while your pulling up those sites, whip up this Spicy Bana-maca Smoothie to sip on while reading the articles!

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 pear peeled and cored
  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/2″ piece ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups water or coconut water

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Apr 102014
 

Raw Red Pepper Tomato Soup

This is a perfect lunch – warming and satisfying!

 

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  • 1 cup red, yellow, orange pepper, seeded
  • 1 roma tomato
  • ½ cup sprouts (optional)
  • ½ cup avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp miso, unpasteurized, any colour
  • 1 cup water (or more depending on desired thickeness)

Spices to add:

  • ½  – 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½  – 1 tsp oregano
  • ½  – 1 tsp thyme
  • ½  – 1 tsp basil
  • ½  – 1 tsp garlic
  • ½  – 1 tsp dulse salt
  • Sprinkle of cayenne
  • Salt & pepper to taste

I add all of these spices but add according to your taste buds.

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Put all the ingredients in your blender or Vitamix

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Blend until it’s the consistency that you like.  In the winter when I’m wanting  a warm soup I will leave it in the Vitamix for about 5 minutes on high and it warms the soup.  Enjoy!

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Mar 282014
 

Sugar Kissed Pecan Mylk

sugar kissed pecan milk 005Once upon a time I was known to make pecan pies and butter tarts and consume way too many of them! I had to stop myself from making them because I didn’t have any self control!

One quick trick I learned was to have a (maybe three) pitted date with a pecan inside and believe it or not, without all the pecan filling and pastry this did the trick!

I’ve always loved the creamy caramel taste and have found another recipe that is delicious, nutritious and satisfies the caramel craving. Continue reading »

Feb 012014
 

Healthy Heart 

 

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

Fun Heart Facts1:

The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.

A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.

Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back. Continue reading »

Jan 032014
 

Super Charged Pina Colada

green drinkWho says you have to be lying on a beach to enjoy a pina colada?

In just 10 minutes you can whip this up, sit back, sip, close your eyes and escape to the sound of the waves and the sun beaming down upon you!

Super charge your pina colada…rich in digestive enzymes & cleansing ingredients to keep you trim and vibrant! Continue reading »